Shark Tale Clips Team Strings

Just when studios thought it was safe to go back in the water, DreamWorks’ toon comedy, Shark Tale, again proved unbeatable in its third weekend, holding onto the No. 1 spot with an estimated $22 million. Newcomers Team America: World Police from Paramount and Shall We Dance from Miramax both felt the bite, performing below expectations in the shadow of the great white threat.

The CG-animated fish comedy suffered only a shallow 29% drop from last weekend as moviegoers drove its cumulative take up to the $118 million ballpark. Despite mixed reviews, the film appears to be benefiting from strong word of mouth, repeat business or simply the lack of competing family fare. It also seems to be doing well with young adult audiences who couldn’t be lured away by the very adult puppet comedy, Team America, from the creators of Comedy Central’s long-running animated hit series, South Park.

Team America grabbed an estimated $12.3 million to finish in third place behind the high school football drama, Friday Night Lights, a $30 million movie that has scored around $38.6 million in two weeks. Even with big name stars Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Jennifer Lopez, Shall We Dance, a remake of a 1996 Japanese film of the same name, only managed an estimated $11.6 million and a fourth place finish. Buena Vista’s Ladder 49 closed out the top five with around $8.6 million.